Your Childrens Dental Health is important to us! Here are some important things to remember as you prepare your child for their dental visit!
*Be calm! You play a large roll in your child's comfort level with Dr. Pinner. Use words like "count teeth" (exam), "take pictures" (x-rays),or "sleepy juice"(anesthetic). Do not use fear provoking words such as "hurt", "pull","drill", or "shot".Please remember, we are both on your child's side. We want to make their visit comfortable, and we want them to want to come back. Alot of times, your child does not even know they have gotten "sleepy juice".
*Fluoride toothpaste should be introduced when a child is 2-3 years of age, or when a child is able to spit out after brushing. Prior to that, parents should clean teeth with water and a soft-bristled child toothbrush.
*Consider Sealants- Sealants protect the tooth from decay on the chewing surfaces. Chewing surfaces have pits and grooves which cannot be cleaned adequately simply by brushing. Sealant application is quick, comfortable and requires only one visit.
*Don't put your child to Sleep with a Bottle- Infants or children should not be put to bed with a bottle or sippy cup containing a liquid other than water. Always remember to clean your child's teeth before placing them in bed.
*Wean off the Bottle by age 1 - This is because the stagnation of milk and fermentation of disaccharide lactose, a sugar found in milk, creates acids that puts children at a higher risk of forming cavities.
If it is time for your child's first Dental visit, we would be happy to walk you through the process to make sure you and your child are comfortable before you walk through the door. This is an important first step for your child- we want to make sure they have a great experience!